Ontario Creates – Trillium Book Award (2022)

Description:

Book publishers are invited to submit titles for consideration for the annual Trillium Book Award. There are prizez both for the winning recepients and their publishers. Furthermore, the publishers of all finalists receive a grant for promotion of their books prior to the announcement of the winners.The Trillium Book Award was established by the Ontario Government in 1987 to “recognize excellence, support marketing and to foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and writing.”

Comments on Funding:

The prize for the Trillium Book Award, awarded in both English and French, is $20,000 for the winning recipients and $2,500 to their publisher.

The Trillium Book Award for Poetry, which is awarded annually in English language and in French language every two years, provides a $10,000 prize to the winning poets and $2,000 to their publisher.

The Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language only is awarded in alternate years to the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in French language, and provides a prize of $10,000 to the winning author and $2,000 to the publisher.

Eligibility:

Applicant must:

  • be book publishers;
  • have titles that have been published for the first time in 2021 calendar year, must be distributed in Canada, and still be in print and available for sale in the spring of 2022.

Eligibility requirements for all books being submitted: 

  • books must be written by an Ontario writer who has lived in Ontario for at least three out of the past five years. In the case of a co-authored title, both authors must meet this rule and would split the prize money if selected as the winner.
  • Only book publishers may submit titles for consideration;
  • submitted titles must have an ISBN and must have a minimum of 48 bound pages, except in the case of children’s books which must have a minimum of 24 pages;
  • books published only in e-book format are eligible for submission. If an e-Book is published simultaneously as a traditionally printed book during the eligibility year, the printed book is eligible and should be submitted. For books published only as e-Books, the electronic form is eligible, but the publisher must provide a copy, printed and bound.
  • collections and/or selections may be submitted provided that there is a substantive amount of material that has not previously been published in book format;
  • anthologies, new editions, re-issues, re-issues, reprints and translations are not eligible for submission.
  • books of all genre types may be submitted: fiction, non-fiction, drama and children’s books are all eligible. (Note: FrenchBooks of all genre types may be submitted: fiction, non-fiction, drama and children’s books are all eligible. (Note: French-language publishers may prefer to submit children’s books for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language).

Specifically for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry it should be noted that:

  • Only a first, second or third work of poetry by the poet is eligible for submission as this award was created to honour achievement by new, emerging poets. However, works by more established poets may be submitted for the traditional Trillium Book Award.
  • Titles submitted for this award in English language must have been published for the first time in 2020 calendar year, be distributed in Canada, and still be in print and available for sale in the spring of 2022.
  • Titles submitted for this award in French language may be submitted at this time provided that they have been published for the first time in the 2020 or 2021 calendar year, be distributed in Canada, and still be in print and available for sale in the spring of 2022.

For the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French Language only, it should be noted that:

  • Titles may be submitted for this award may be submitted at this time provided that they have been published for the first time in the 2021 calendar year, but note that these titles will be held and carried over for consideration along with 2022 titles.
  • There is no restriction regarding the previous number of works an author has written.

Applications Steps:

For all award submissions publishers should note that submissions should:

This submission will not be considered complete until a copy of the published book has been received by Ontario Creates at the designated address. Incomplete submissions will not be considered for the Trillium Book Awards. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered for the Trillium Book Awards.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit with their application form:

  • one (1) eBook of each title in EPUB or PDF format which they will upload to Ontario Creates’ online submission form;
  • one (1) paper copy of each title (if submitting a book published only in e-book format, the publisher must provide 1 copy, printed and bound). Ontario Creates will not return books and may donate them to an organization or initiative of its choosing;
  • a hard copy completed submission form.

Other Things to Note:

The Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language will not be given out this year, but will be awarded for the Trillium Award for eligible titles published in 2021 and 2022 (to be announced subsequently in Spring 2023).

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